June 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Jared Gaither (78) smiles during a drill during minicamp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Poll Results: Is Jared Gaither Overplaying “Faking” His Injury? 75% – Faking It

Some fans believe that Jared Gaither is playing up his injury and others are just pissed off because he just got paid in and has to sit on the sideline with an injury. Where do you stand?

In the first practice of training camp, Gaither had to be carted off of the field with what was called a whole body cramp. He was able to get to practice the next day, but then these back spasms started acting up and he has not been on the practice field since.

He has been short with the media when asked about the injuries and has said that he is ‘a professional athlete’ and ‘these things happen’. He has had multiple MRIs on his back, but none of the results have been disclosed to the public.

Gaither picked up the nickname “The Big Lazy” while playing football for the Baltimore Ravens. He struggled through a foot injury in 2010 and Coach John Harbaugh felt that Gaither overplayed the injury.

In that same year with Baltimore, Gaither’s back issues surfaced. His back pain was so constant that he had to sit out the whole season and the Ravens placed him on injured reserve. Could that be a sign of things to come?

History has coaches questioning his effort and history also shows that he has had back problems. Either way, it is a bad situation.

What side are you on: Is he overplaying the injury or is he really hurt?

Is Jared Gaither Overplaying His Injury?

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  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    What would his motivation be for faking it? I hurt my back a few years back and recovery is not something you want to rush.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      how long was the recovery? 6 weeks?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

        Well, I ended up having surgery. I probably didn’t do any football related activity for a year.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          ha… well darn!

        • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

          Of course, I didn’t have all the good meds these guys have lying around. He has to get better before Monday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672216122 Daryl Peek

    This is why Charger fans are roasted as disloyal fairweathers. If a player gets hurt fans are pissed because said player had just got paid?!?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think they are called fair weather because they disappear when the team is bad

      • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

        Dude! Real Chargers fans are true blue. Unfortunately, San Diego has a ton of transient people who are fakers.

        • R1CHeR1CH

          I am a Charger fan born and raised. Bottle fed lightning and crapped thunder, but still not sure if Gaither is a Charger. We all remember El Capitan’s heroic performance in the AFC championship in 2007, the man played with a torn ACL! I question his commitment to this team, A.J. Smith has a framed quote from former Dallas Cowboys and Miami
          Dolphins Coach Jimmy Johnson on his desk: “You can play it safe and be
          good or you can take risks and be great.” As a “True Blue” fan I want nothing but the best for this team and you should too.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

            LOL, I’m on board. I just think we give the guy a chance and hope he can play. No one is as badass as Philip. No one.

          • R1CHeR1CH

            Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk I keed, I know you’re on board. I have nothing but hope for the big guy. I concur, no one is as badass as Philip. I will say that 10x before I go to bed.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi


          • arnie

            that’s all we do is give chances. english is still here isn’t he?

    • arnie

      no. we get pissed when a 3 time pro-bowl LT is treated with outright disrespect, even after he was proven his value. then gets released twice to sign him to less money. if the chargers showed the same penitence with Big Lazy, that they did with BigMac, Gaither would be released by now.

      Bigmac had a neck injury yet still came back to play. Big Lazy, we don’t even know “what” his injury is.

      p.s. fairweather fans don’t care enough to post here.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        BOOM… Drops the mic! Arnie kills it again!

    • Pels04

      Gaither hasn’t played for us very long and we knew when he was he was signed that hes had these “mystery” injuries. Well here is another one. We are used to chargers being semi open about there injuries, not blatantly avoiding questions and shrugging them off like its no big deal. When dealing with the LT position we Charger fans have every right to be upset at this situation. Who is your team btw?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672216122 Daryl Peek

        I’m a Charger fan born and raised in SD. I sit back and watch fans go HAM on a player who gets injured like its their fault? The mentality of many BOLT fans is so fragile they hang onto the injury plight as scapegoat for our annual inability to get over the hump. Other teams shrug it off while next man up fills in… see the last two superbowl champs. Injuires are part of this game.

        • Pels04

          Its not about the Chargers past injuries or their inability to get over the hump. Its about Gaithers past and his “mysterious” injuries. Hes done it before and hes doing it again. I dont doubt that he got hurt but it does seem like hes milking it. He didnt get the nickname “big lazy” for no reason. Something seems fishy and you should see that. have you watched or read his interviews? We spent a lot on this guy and no one really knows whats wrong with him. BTW I was also born and raised in SD, not sure why that matters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    Dang!!! Those results are harsh.. hahaha! I thought it would be a 50 /50 deal! Guess that solves that question.

  • R1CHeR1CH

    Listen, a person is who they have always been. Unless Jared Gaither shows otherwise there is a reason he was let go by so many teams and earned the nickname he have grown to hate. Here is a clip from an interview with xtra sports with Kevin Acee scroll down to 8/20. http://www.xxsportsradio.com/pages/darrensmith_podcastlanding?app=podcast&podcastID=2268

  • Ignatius

    While it’s common to think that back spasms originate from injuries from our vetebreae or the muscles attached to them, back spasms (or spasms in general) can come from a variety of diseases being renal diseases, like kidney failure, the most common. 

    What does this have to with Jared, well, from a simple point of view is that he’s faking or exagerating it but we have only been told one part of his examination, the rest we may never know since it would violate patient-doctor confidentiality, methinks is something more that just a muscle thing, maybe a metabolic or renal disease would be most likely while an overweight would also be a problem. I would think that if he drops  about 50 pounds, his pains would decrease but alas his football career would also be over. 

    In that conclusion, it think it is best to leave it like it is and focus to the team’s able bodies. Mike Harris, it’s your chance to shine! 

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      very good point and insight… moving on to Mike Harris or whoever we sign after week 1.

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    • arnie

      awesome! now knowing this, how does this justify signing Gaither for $24 mil, the chargers released a guy with neck injury who’s contract was for $25 mil.
      remember they knew about the “injury history” from two other teams. then gambled things will be different here?`

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Faking it would be easy to check. A team doctor examines him and says whether he is good to go or not. I don’t think the guy is faking. By now, some doctor would have come out with it. However, I do think he could do more to come back. If Jason Witten can come back after a ruptured spleen, come on now…

  • sdChARGE1

    Back injuries are the worst…… Back ups step up !!! Its on NoRV to coach threw this and load the blindside!!! Go bolts

  • blu3ny3llow

    I think marshawn lynch might be suffering from back spasms…lets see how long it take him to come back…i know “its worst” for a big man but dahm …..play 8-10 games n get paid the same…..hmmmmmm

  • euphioT

    the votes are in and it’s official, Chargers announce Jared Gaither as this years Ryan Leaf award winner!

  • Da Bolt Man

    Make gaither an offer he can’t refuse. Play or give back the money or else……….